Bound to Read:Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature Jeffrey Todd Knight
If ever a catharsis in Western European Civilization occurred, it had to have been the period we refer to as the Renaissance. After a thousand years of theocracy, manorialism, feudalism, and narrow economic development, Europe was ripe for change. She got it with a vengeance. The prime mover in this momentous event was a rapid economic transformation which got underway in the 12th century. By 1350, European trade had finally recovered and attained the economic levels reached at the height of ancient Roman prosperity during the time of Emperor Antoninus Pius. But Europe was about to go far beyond even that. In the rush to escape the hardships and restrictions of manorial life, thousands abandoned the rural feudal domains and crowded into growing towns and cities. Concomitantly, the land owning aristocracy and church were left reeling. With money and its attendant political power now flowing into urban centers, and into the hands of merchant princes, the social changes that followed were bound to be profound. Historian Wallace K. Ferguson spends the entire first chapter just in bringing his listeners to an understanding of the changes wrought in the economic, social, and political spheres during the late Middle Ages. For it is only by going back to the period preceding the Renaissance that any of the events, with which we are familiar, will make sense. How did people respond to these chaotic social and economic changes? Why did the Church break apart under the pressure? Professor Ferguson provides the essential information we need in order to understand the dynamic Renaissance society that emerged, first in Italy, and later in Northern Europe. It was a remarkable transmutation whose legacy of brilliant works of art, architecture, literature, and scientific inquiry were to result in the mind expanding epochs that were to follow, and whose works continue to enrich the lives of millions right up to the present day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000057/bk_acon_000057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Grave Mercy meets Red Queen in this epic debut fantasy, inspired by Renaissance France, about an outcast who finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the current king. Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions - art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge - Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna´s greatest fear comes true - she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana - the rival kingdom of Valenia - and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne. And others are involved - some closer to Brienna than she realizes. And now, with war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Elise Freeman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006505/bk_harp_006505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gabriel´s Inferno is the first in this intoxicating trilogy featuring Gabriel and Julia, following their sensual journey of forbidden love - with all the obsessive yearning of Twilight and the intensity of Fifty Shades of Grey. Two lovers bound by their darkest desires.... Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate but clandestine love affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell, and is teaching her the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics and jealous ex-lovers. Can their love survive against all odds, and will Gabriel fight to keep Julia? Gabriel´s Rapture is an exquisite story of a forbidden love that knows no bounds that will touch your mind, body and soul. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michael Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000874/bk_pauk_000874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gabriel´s Inferno is the first in this intoxicating trilogy featuring Gabriel and Julia, following their sensual journey of forbidden love - with all the obsessive yearning of Twilight with the intensity of Fifty Shades of Grey . One man´s salvation, one woman´s sensual awakening . . . Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his dark past. A highly respected university professor, Gabriel uses his notorious good looks and charm to lead a secret life of pleasure where nothing is out of bounds. Sweet and innocent, Julia Mitchell enrols as Gabriel´s graduate student and his immediate attraction to her, and their powerful and strange connection, threatens to derail his career. Wildly passionate and sinful, Gabriel´s Inferno is an exploration of the intense power of forbidden love. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence.
Here is the gorgeous and sinister story of Marius, patrician by birth, scholar by choice, one of the oldest vampires of them all, which sweeps from his genesis in ancient Rome, in the time of Emperor Augustus, to his meeting in the present day with a creature of snow and ice. Thorne is a Northern vampire in search of Maharet, his maker, the ancient Egyptian vampire queen who holds him and others in thrall with chains made of her red hair, ´bound with steel and with her blood and gold´. When the Visigoths sack his city, Marius is there; with the resurgence of the glory that was Rome, he is there, still searching for his lost love, Pandora, but bewitched in turn by Botticelli; the Renaissance beauty Bianca, with her sordid secrets; and the boy he calls Amadeo (otherwise known as the Vampire Armand). Crisscrossing through the stories of other vampires from Rice´s glorious pantheon of the undead, haunted by Pandora and by his alter ego, Mael, tracked by the Talamasca, the tale of Marius, the self-styled guardian of those who must be kept is the most wondrous and mind-blowing of them all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Rees. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002591/bk_rhuk_002591_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Mountainview School in working-class Dublin boasts a brightly festooned room brimming with paper flowers and Renaissance posters. There, in an evening class, ´´An Introduction to Italian,´´ come Aiden Dunne, the supervisor, Signora, the professoressa, and 30 or so students, whose hopes and dreams are bound up in the Tuesday and Thursday lessons. Aiden Dunne has been passed over for headmaster of the school, and his family is falling apart. He desperately needs the evening class to be a success to restore his self-respect. Nora O´Donoghue, ´´Signora,´´ followed the man she loved to Italy and waited 23 years for him, never faltering in her love. Signora, needy in a different way, will be the teacher, and together she and Aiden will conduct the class. The students couldn´t be more different. There is Bill Burke, a young bank clerk who goes to the classes hoping he might be considered for a job in international banking and that his spendthrift girlfriend, who has agreed to go to class with him, will have fewer opportunities to waste their money. Kathy Clark works too hard at school. She joins the Italian class for relaxation. There is Lou, whose wife Suzy Sullivan, has no idea why her husband is studying Italian; Laddy, the hotel porter, who´s thought of by family and friends as slow and dim; and Connie, the society hostess who has an oddly empty calendar. For all of the students the thought of a trip to Italy when the course has been completed involves a different kind of drama. And by the time they are ready to set out on the journey, each one´s life has changed utterly. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Binchy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000189/bk_bant_000189_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gabriel´s Inferno is the first in this intoxicating trilogy featuring Gabriel and Julia, following their sensual journey of forbidden love - with all the obsessive yearning of Twilight and the intensity of Fifty Shades of Grey. One man´s salvation, one woman´s sensual awakening.... Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his dark past. A highly respected university professor, Gabriel uses his notorious good looks and charm to lead a secret life of pleasure where nothing is out of bounds. Sweet and innocent, Julia Mitchell enrolls as Gabriel´s graduate student, and his immediate attraction to her, and their powerful and strange connection, threatens to derail his career. Wildly passionate and sinful, Gabriel´s Inferno is an exploration of the intense power of forbidden love. Sylvain Reynard is a Canadian writer with an interest in Renaissance art and culture and an inordinate attachment to the city of Florence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michael Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000873/bk_pauk_000873_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Finally, a much-needed biblical resource for individuals and small groups that addresses money and ministry in the marketplace. Every life requires a spiritual foundation. ´´Grandfather, you left this . . . .” Julio lifted the leather-bound journal and stepped toward the old man. ´´It is yours now,” said Antonio, with a gleam in his eye. ´´I’ve lived my life according to the twelve principles recorded in it. And if you will apply its principles as I did, your success will be greater than you could ever imagine.” Be a minister in the marketplace. Terry Felber´s story of the monk and the merchant, set in Rome during the Renaissance, is full of 16th-century adventure and real-world truth. As his tale unfolds, Felber asks and answers questions about family, creativity, innovation in business, and God. As he explains in a new foreword, this book helped Dave Ramsey rediscover the marketplace as a mission field - and merchants as ministers. Now let it open your eyes to the opportunities for service and leadership all around you. Are you ready for a change? The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant will change the way you see yourself, your job, and your purpose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brandon Batchelar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001193/bk_oasi_001193_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The manuscript of Il Fior di Battaglia is in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms Ludwig XV 13. It is dated to about 1410, and was written by Fiore dei Liberi. This book is a complete representation of the Art of Arms (armizare), on foot, on horseback, in armour, out of armour, wrestling, dagger, sword, spear and pollax. Even wrestling on horseback! The book is written in Italian, and there is no translation, introduction or commentary included in this edition. We have made one change to the current binding. It is obvious from the content that folio 38 should be bound between folia 14 and 15, so we have placed it there, but retained the folio numbers for the convenience of modern scholars accustomed to the current page order as bound. We have produced this facsimile from scans in the public domain, which you can find online at wiktenauer.com. It is as close to the size of the original manuscript as possible with current print-on-demand technology. Our intention in publishing it is to produce an affordable reproduction that duplicates as closely as possible the experience of handling and owning the original, but at a reasonable price. This is indispensible reading for any scholar of medieval history, swordsmanship, medieval and renaissance combat, or re-enactment.